Victorian Dream




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Trelayne St.Christopher, a cosseted young English woman, dreams of falling madly in love, just like the daring women in her purloined novels. Now faced with adult responsibilities for the first time in her life, she leaps at the opportunity to manage her father's shipping business. But when Trelayne ignores her prophetic nightmares in favor of passionate daydreams, her best-laid plans go dangerously awry.

Emotionally scarred after the death of his wife, Yankee sea captain Walker Garrison bans romance from his personal manifest--shipbuilding is his only passion. The transatlantic partnership between Walker and Trelayne's father seems a grand idea until her parents are critically injured and one of Walker's crew turns up dead. On the trail of the man responsible, Walker sets sail for England. After meeting his new partner's daughter, protecting Trelayne and not falling in love with her may prove impossible.

Will he find the murderer but lose his heart?

Rating: Hot
Page Count: 368
Word Count: 90956
978-1-61217-727-4 Paperback
978-1-61217-728-1 Digital

Excerpt:

"Have I missed the first waltz?" he asked, escorting her to the center of the room.

"No," she confirmed. "I've allowed none to be played, and my poor guests are near to the point of exhaustion from quickstepping about the room."

He chuckled, and took a step back, his gaze gliding over her from head to toe. "You appear to have held up beautifully."

As they stood before one another, a hush blanketed the room. It was one tiny moment, filled with a lifetime of anticipation. Coming to her senses, she caught Penelope's attention and nodded toward the orchestra. Her friend rushed toward the musicians, nearly tripping on the hem of her dress. The lilting strains of Tchaikovsky swirled through the air like a welcoming breeze, and her guests issued playful hurrahs as they hurried to find their partners.

Captain Garrison, male elegance infused with animal-like grace and strength, swept her into his arms--and into a dream come true.

When he placed his hand solidly at the small of her back, a tingling sensation shot straight up her spine to the roots of her hair. The resulting effect was more potent than wine. She was dizzy with desire, giddy with happiness. She must remember to breathe.

They stood so close--only their clothing and the heat of their bodies between them. What a glorious temptation, just beyond reach. Teasing and taunting, it was a fleeting taste of what she yearned to partake of fully.

"I've thought a time or two about holding you in my arms," he admitted, in a husky voice. "It feels even better than I imagined."




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